Begg Confirms Bennetta for 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes

June 17th, 2014

Having also nominated the classy mare for an appearance in this featured Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm this weekend, trainer Graeme Begg has confirmed Bennetta will accept a position in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) come Wednesday’s final field and barrier draw confirmation.

Bennetta will contest the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes

Bennetta will contest the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Having recorded a strong and consistent racing three race preparation this season without a race victory, Begg said that accepting into the W.J. Healy arguably posed a better chance of Bennetta returning to the winner’s circle this weekend.

“The main thing is that she isn’t well suited at weight-for-age, she meets some of the better mares at level weights, I think we just need to drop her back a peg and try to win a race with her more so than running a nice fourth or fifth,” Begg told TVN.

“There is no suggestion at this stage she would be retired after Saturday, more or less trying to get her back to winning a race.

“She has only had three runs this time in and run well in two out of the three and her other start was in the weight-for-age Group 1 (All Aged Stakes).”

Contesting an impressive total of three race wins and four minor places from just 15 competitive starts to date, Bennetta performed well over the spring of 2013; finishing fourth in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) and third amongst particularly classy company in the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) most notably in September.

Unlucky to finish third when blocked for a run in the Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1200m) first-up this season, the General Nediym mare was unable to match the late pace when sixth in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) on April 26th, but returned to impressive form when third in the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm last time out.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 W.J. Healy Stakes is due to be released on Wednesday morning. is currently offering the best odds on all races at Eagle Farm this weekend, including the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes!

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